If you're anything like me, you're always looking for opportunities to optimize your health - small tweaks or changes to your daily routine to get the most out of your day! In this post, I'll focus on four small but very effective changes you can make in your life to improve your physical and mental health. Obviously there a TON of things that can be done but here I'll focus on the changes I've made that have really improved my quality of life.
Get enough sleep
You've probably heard this a million times so I'll keep this short. Get more sleep! I know from experience that this is waaay easier said than done. I can't tell you how many times I've woken up to my alarm feeling tired and vowed to go to bed early that night and then ended up in bed late as usual. I know how hard it is to stop what you're doing to go to bed early, especially if you don't feel particularly tired but it is totally worth it. Whenever I get 7-8 hours of sleep, I always wake up feeling great and has such positive impact on my day. Not to mention all of the health benefits that come with more sleep!
If you are not getting enough sleep and you're worried about not working out enough or eating healthy enough, you should consider both of these secondary concerns to improving your sleep. There is a ton of research that shows that not getting enough sleep can result in making poor diet decisions and can make exercise less effective. And the good news is that the tweaks we need to make to improve sleep often aren't super difficult to implement compared with those like changing your diet or starting a new fitness routine. It can be as simple as committing to going to bed earlier and actually doing it!
Look for opportunities to be active
Add in exercise "snacks"
While some of these changes may seem basic - like getting enough sleep - there is a reason that this advice gets repeated time and time again…it works! I've personally found that starting with some low hanging fruit can improve how you look and feel significantly and can position you better to make some of those bigger changes in your life like creating a regular work out routine. I hope some of these tips help you!
Are there any small changes you've made in your life that have had a significant impact on your health? If so, let me know in the comments below. I'm always eager to hear what's working for others!